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Old 25 April 2013, 10:09   #1
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Ice advice

We were trapped in a harbor in Ontario 2 weeks ago by 300 yards of 1 ft thick ice sheet before the open water. We experimented with various ice breaking techniques including pick axe and sledge hammer until we discovered one that worked very well.
First of all you need to lash the helm and set the throttle close to full ahead. Then exit the rib. With one person standing on the ice either side at the bow, grip the boat firmly with both hands and bounce it up and down. You need to jump in as soon as she gets underway or the ice breaks underfoot.
I did wonder about damage to the prop as it juddered and smashed against blocks of broken ice. (Feels like like driving over rocks) However it caused no apparent damage other than removing all the paint.
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Why oh why didn't you get a video of it?

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Why oh why didn't you get a video of it?

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Didn't manage to get the boat bouncing tiller lashing bit bit on vid cause hands were busy. Was laughing too much to film anyway.
Only got footage passing back through the channel we busted.
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Nice video!

What are you blasting?
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Nice video!

What are you blasting?
Blasting a navigable channel between rocks on an island.
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Blasting a navigable channel between rocks on an island.
For a minute I thought you were fishing redneck style!
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For a minute I thought you were fishing redneck style!
Fish hadn't arrived yet. They were on their way upstream still. Environmental regs don't allow any blasting there when fish are about.
Very strict regs.
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Blasting a navigable channel between rocks on an island.
Dude you live an interesting life. Kudos.
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Looks like an aluminium SeaNymph dinghy?

We've got one for running around Poole Harbour - haven't yet had to go ice bashing in it though!
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Looks like an aluminium SeaNymph dinghy?

We've got one for running around Poole Harbour - haven't yet had to go ice bashing in it though!
The boat is a "Lund" Canadian built. 20 years old and still without a leak.
Can highly recommend.
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